Coronavirus in Georgia: State breaks single-day record again with over 3,400 cases reported July 2

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While single-day state case counts are breaking records, Alpharetta and Milton have seen 201 and 109 cases, respectively, of COVID-19 so far. (Community Impact staff)

While single-day state case counts are breaking records, Alpharetta and Milton have seen 201 and 109 cases, respectively, of COVID-19 so far. (Community Impact staff)

Georgia has set single-day records in statewide COVID-19 case counts multiple times in the last week, the latest of which took place yesterday, July 1, with an increase of 2,946 cases, according to the COVID-19 daily status report from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Today, July 2, Georgia set another record: an increase of 3,472 cases from July 1 to July 2, bringing the total to 87,709 cases of COVID-19 statewide.

As of 3 p.m., there have been 2,849 deaths in Georgia attributed to COVID-19, with the state's earliest reported death on March 5. Georgia has also seen 11,500 total patients hospitalized and 2,389 patients in intensive care units because of the coronavirus, per public health data.

Data from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency shows that 1,649 people are currently in the hospital due to COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. July 2, up from yesterday's total of 1,570 current hospitalizations. The agency first began reporting the number of current hospitalizations May 1; at that time the total then was 1,500 people.

Testing is also on the rise, but the percent of positive viral cases—which are the only cases used when reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases, as opposed to positive antibody test results—has been slightly increasing over the last several days, per public health data. One week ago, on June 25, the percentage of positive viral tests was 8.6%. One week later, the percentage of positive cases now totals 9.1%, with 79,970 positive viral tests and 883,239 total administered viral tests.

The percentage of positive antibody tests, which show past infection, has dropped by 0.2% during that same time frame. On June 25, the percentage of positive antibody tests was 5.6%. As of 3 p.m. July 2, this percentage is now 5.4%, with 8,645 positive antibody tests and 161,483 total administered antibody tests.

Fulton County, which includes Alpharetta and Milton, now totals 7,527 confirmed cases of COVID-19—up by 250 cases from yesterday's total of 7,277 cases. The county has also seen 314 coronavirus-related deaths, and 1,119 total hospitalizations so far out of the 11,500 statewide.

According to the most recent epidemiology report from the Fulton County Board of Health from July 1, Alpharetta and Milton have seen 201 and 109 cases of COVID-19, respectively, making up less than 5% of the total cases within Fulton County. Atlanta, South Fulton, Sandy Springs, Roswell, East Point, Johns Creek and Union City all rank above Alpharetta and Milton in terms of case counts.

By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.